2007 Rochester Knighthawks season

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2007 Rochester Knighthawks
Champion's Cup Champions
East Division Champions
LeagueNLL
Division1st East
2007 record14-2
Home record8-0
Road record6-2
Goals for249
Goals against194
General ManagerJody Gage
CoachEd Comeau
CaptainMike Hasen (injured)
Regy Thorpe (acting)
Alternate captainsShawn Williams
John Grant, Jr.
ArenaBlue Cross Arena
Average attendance10,458
Team leaders
GoalsJohn Grant, Jr. (51)
AssistsJohn Grant, Jr. (60)
PointsJohn Grant, Jr. (110)
Penalties in minutesScott Ditzell (68)
Loose BallsSteve Toll (177)
WinsPat O'Toole (13)
Goals against averagePat O'Toole (11.80)

The Rochester Knighthawks were a lacrosse team based in Rochester, New York that played in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). The 2007 season was the 13th in franchise history. Rochester started the season 2-2 but then won their last 12 consecutive regular season games. After defeating Toronto and Buffalo in the playoffs, they won the right to host the Championship game against Arizona. However, due to scheduling conflicts at the Blue Cross Arena, the Sting hosted the final game.[1] The Knighthawks extended their winning streak by defeating the Sting 13-11 for their first NLL Championship since 1997.

The winning streak would continue into the 2008 season, but only by a single game.

Regular season[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

Reference: [2]

East Division
PTeamGPWLPCTGBHomeRoadGFGADiffGF/GPGA/GP

1Rochester Knighthawksxyz16142.8750.08–06–2249194+5515.5612.12
2Buffalo Banditsx16106.6254.06–24–4207188+1912.9411.75
3Minnesota Swarmx1697.5625.04–45–3200207-712.5012.94
4Toronto Rockx16610.3758.03–53–5187183+411.6911.44
5Chicago Shamrox16610.3758.04–42–6176191-1511.0011.94
6Philadelphia Wings16610.3758.04–42–6178186-811.1211.62
7New York Titans16412.25010.03–51–7195233-3812.1914.56
West Division
PTeamGPWLPCTGBHomeRoadGFGADiffGF/GPGA/GP

1Colorado Mammothxy16124.7500.07–15–3209179+3013.0611.19
2Calgary Roughnecksx1697.5623.04–45–3219202+1713.6912.62
3Arizona Stingx1697.5623.06–23–5188181+711.7511.31
4San Jose Stealthx1697.5623.04–45–3181170+1111.3110.62
5Edmonton Rush16610.3756.04–42–6160189-2910.0011.81
6Portland LumberJax16412.2508.03–51–7153199-469.5612.44

x: Clinched playoff berth; c: Clinched playoff berth by crossing over to another division; y: Clinched division; z: Clinched best regular season record; GP: Games Played
W: Wins; L: Losses; GBGames back; PCT: Win percentage; Home: Record at Home; Road: Record on the Road; GF: Goals scored; GA: Goals allowed
Differential: Difference between goals scored and allowed; GF/GP: Average number of goals scored per game; GA/GP: Average number of goals allowed per game

Game log[edit]

Reference:[3]

Game Date Opponent Location Score OT Attendance Record
1 December 30, 2006 @ Colorado Mammoth Pepsi Center L 15–20 15,670 0–1
2 January 5, 2007 @ San Jose Stealth HP Pavilion at San Jose W 14–11 4,417 1–1
3 January 13, 2007 Toronto Rock Blue Cross Arena W 10–6 10,321 2–1
4 January 19, 2007 @ Minnesota Swarm Xcel Energy Center L 10–11 8,174 2–2
5 January 20, 2007 @ Toronto Rock Air Canada Centre W 19–15 16,882 3–2
6 January 27, 2007 New York Titans Blue Cross Arena W 22–18 9,611 4–2
7 February 3, 2007 Chicago Shamrox Blue Cross Arena W 13–8 8,618 5–2
8 February 17, 2007 Portland LumberJax Blue Cross Arena W 18–12 9,774 6–2
9 February 24, 2007 Arizona Sting Blue Cross Arena W 19–16 9,352 7–2
10 March 3, 2007 @ Philadelphia Wings (1987–2014) Wachovia Center W 14–13 11,491 8–2
11 March 17, 2007 @ Chicago Shamrox Sears Centre W 15–12 8,017 9–2
12 March 24, 2007 @ New York Titans Madison Square Garden W 21–15 7,746 10–2
13 March 31, 2007 Philadelphia Wings (1987–2014) Blue Cross Arena W 12–10 11,200 11–2
14 April 7, 2007 Minnesota Swarm Blue Cross Arena W 19–9 9,536 12–2
15 April 13, 2007 @ Buffalo Bandits HSBC Arena W 14–10 15,334 13–2
16 April 14, 2007 Buffalo Bandits Blue Cross Arena W 14–8 11,200 14–2

Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

Reference:[4]

Game Date Opponent Location Score OT Attendance Record
Division Semifinal April 20, 2007 Toronto Rock Blue Cross Arena W 10–6 7,003 1–0
Division Final April 27, 2007 Buffalo Bandits Blue Cross Arena W 14–13 OT 8,558 2–0
Championship Game May 12, 2007 @ Arizona Sting Jobing.com Arena W 13–11 9,796 3–0

Player stats[edit]

Reference:[5]

Runners (Top 10)[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; LB = Loose balls; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts LB PIM
John Grant, Jr. 15 51 60 111 81 40
Shawn Williams 16 36 55 91 69 8
Scott Evans 16 45 42 87 78 48
Mike Accursi 16 26 51 77 69 0
Shawn Evans 16 32 34 66 121 36
Ken Millin 16 19 33 52 58 4
Steve Toll 16 14 24 38 177 2
Stephen Hoar 16 10 13 23 67 25
Bill Greer 13 7 11 18 106 17
Totals 387 636 459 1165 67

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; MIN = Minutes; W = Wins; L = Losses; GA = Goals against; Sv% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP MIN W L GA Sv% GAA
Pat O'Toole 15 838:38 13 1 165 .774 11.80
Phil Wetherup 10 66:30 1 0 14 .791 12.63
Mike Miron 6 50:14 0 1 15 .674 17.92
Grant Crawley 1 0:00 0 0 0 .000 .00
Totals 14 2 194 .770 12.13

Awards[edit]

Player Award
John Grant, Jr. NLL Most Valuable Player
Ed Comeau Les Bartley Award
Steve Toll NLL Transition Player of the Year
John Grant, Jr. Championship Game MVP
John Grant, Jr. First Team All-Pro
Steve Toll
Shawn Williams Second Team All-Pro
John Grant, Jr. All-Stars
Scott Evans
Shawn Williams
Steve Toll

Roster[edit]

Reference:[6]

No. Position Player
43 United States Def Abrams, Marshall
44 Canada Fwd Accursi, Mike
26 Canada Def Brown, David
5 Canada Def Chapman, Sandy
42 United States Def Cougevan, Pat
41 Canada Goalie Crawley, Grant
12 Canada Fwd Croswell, Brian
25 United States Def Ditzell, Scott
7 United States Def Dutton, Pat
19 Canada Fwd Evans, Scott
15 Canada Fwd Evans, Shawn
36 Canada Def Forget, Luke
No. Position Player
24 Canada Fwd Grant Jr., John
20 Canada Def Greer, Bill
Canada Def Hasen, Mike
23 Canada Def Hoar, Stephen
32 Canada Fwd Millin, Ken
Canada Goalie Miron, Mike
39 Canada Goalie O'Toole, Pat
18 United States Def Reid, Jack
2 United States Trans Schiller, Chris
11 United States Def Thorpe, Regy
17 Canada Trans Toll, Steve
90 Canada Goalie Wetherup, Phil
51 Canada Fwd Williams, Shawn

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arizona To Host Championship Game". NLL.com. April 30, 2007. Archived from the original on 16 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-17.
  2. ^ "National Lacrosse League - 2007 Regular Season - Standings". NLL.com. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  3. ^ "Rochester Knighthawks - 2007 Regular Season - Game Schedule". NLL.com. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "Rochester Knighthawks - 2007 Playoffs - Game Schedule". NLL.com. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  5. ^ "Rochester Knighthawks - National Lacrosse League - team stats | Pointstreak Sports Technologies".
  6. ^ "Rochester Knighthawks - National Lacrosse League - team roster | Pointstreak Sports Technologies".